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NEWSLETTER MARCH 2017


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WHY BLUE GUIDES?

"designed for the traveller
who desires to understand more fully what he or she sees"

Stuart Rossiter, Blue Guides editor-in-chief 1963-1973

The BLUE GUIDES have been published continuously since 1918. They maintain their comprehensive focus on history, art, architecture and, where relevant, archaeology, with illustrations to inform rather than to decorate: award-winning maps, diagrams, floor plans, architecture details and photographs. They contain selective listings of restaurants and accommodation informed by the belief that good practical recommendations will contribute to the visitor's enjoyment.

For the appreciative things readers say about our books, see blueguides.com/amazon.


FOR YOUR TRAVELS IN 2017

New BLUE GUIDE SICILY 9th edition

Fully revised and updated ninth edition of this popular Blue Guide.


COMING SOON

BLUE GUIDE FLORENCE 11th edition

The eleventh edition of this accessible, scholarly guide to the city of the Renaissance. An essential handbook for any traveller who wants fully to understand the aesthetic impact of Florence on world history. Completely updated, this edition contains superb plans and illustrations of painting, architecture and sculpture. There is also detailed coverage of where to stay and eat.

The depth of information and quality of research make this book the best guide for the independent traveller, ideal as an on-site guide as well as a desk resource. This will replace the popular 10th edition, currently still in print.


RECENT ARTICLES

More than just the David


Although Michelangelo’s David is today considered the most important single art object to be seen in Florence (or possibly one of three, along with Botticelli’s Spring and Birth of Venus in the Uffizi), it was largely ignored by visitors up until around 1860, soon after which it was brought inside from Piazza della Signoria to be protected in a specially-built ‘tribune’ in the Galleria dell’Accademia. By 1868 Baedeker had decided it merited a star, and in the 1903 edition of the guide it had become ‘celebrated’.

News from Florence: Giovanni dal Ponte

There is a very interesting small exhibition (on until 12 March) at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence dedicated to the little-known painter Giovanni dal Ponte (or Giovanni di Marco di Giovanni, 1385–1437/8).

The formidable Empress Matilda

Who was Matilda of Canossa? Last year, the Casa Buonarroti in Florence housed an exhibition dedicated to her, a woman who might seem to have little to do with the great sculptor who once owned the house that is now a museum to his memory.

Life, Art and Kenneth Clark

The impact of Kenneth Clark, the erudite patrician raconteur of the episodes of Civilisation, his majestic survey of European art first shown on the BBC in 1969, will always resonate with those who watched him.

Which 50 Sites of Antiquity?

In his book Sites of Antiquity historian Charles Freeman takes 50 sites and uses them to illustrate the development of the Classical World. But readers have asked, why those particular sites?


For more information about the Blue Guides see our website blueguides.com. For comments on or questions about our books please do get in touch with us.